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, their families and our country as we mourn the deaths of the children and school officials in newtown, connecticut. >> thank you. to lead us through the preliminary matters and to provide us with a welcoming address, i would like to pass the gavel to congresswoman elect, joyce beatty. >> thank you very much, secretary husted. we begin with an innovation. at this time i would like to ask the reverend angela simmons to please come up. let us pray. almighty god, we gather here together today as people from many different faith traditions, yet we share a bond that is deep and enduring, a profound and abiding belief in justice and peace for all of your children. from the rolling hills of new england to the sunny beaches of california and beyond even the borders of this hallowed land. together today we meet to celebrate this democracy, lord, with which you have blessed us and we assemble to cast the votes that will elect the next president of these united states of america. we pray that each person casting a vote does so with a pure mind, heart, and soul seeking the very best and the highes
. >> alison, there are a number of people from our region who love come here to help out in newtown. we earlier talks with an area from the baltimore area who came with the red cross to try to call about. they are among the hundreds of people who came here to try to give aid. the memorial near the elementary school continues to grow as the community tries to make sense of how anyone could murder 26 people. >> she did not contain per motion. >> it is just not right. i do not know what to say. they are just little babies. >> three days after six adults and 20 children were murdered, grief is still everywhere in newtown. >> it is beyond words to describe the level of the tragedy for this community for these families. it is just beyond a terrific. >> she is with save the children which has set up a program at this newtown middle school for kids to play while their parents receive much- needed counseling. many of the youngsters were inside sandy hook elementary when the murders happened. >> it is a friendly environment here. >> to give them a place where they can feel safe, where they can ha
, live from newtown, connecticut. >> good morning. welcome to this special edition of "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. savannah guthrie is in newtown, connecticut. the president's remarks at that vigil last night were moving, powerful. they were spoken, of course, not only as the nation's leader but also, savannah, from a heartbroken parent's point of vi view. >> no question about that. there were loud, audible sobs as the president read through the names of those who had fallen. the president wrote these remarks himself and i can tell you it contained a more forceful call to action than even some close aides had expected. before that he met privately with first responders and families of victims. the daughter of sandy hook principal, dawn hochsprung, tweeted these pictures of the president holding her daughter, and said mom would be so proud but not as proud as i am of her. >> savannah, classes are set to resume wednesday for the students of sandy hook, but they'll be held at a school in a neighboring town for the foreseeable future as you might expect. the investigation into
to pennsylvania. i'm ed payne reporting. >>> news time right now 6:31. the people of newtown, connecticut observed christmas with heavy hearts. it's been less than two weeks since the shooting at sandy hook elementary school claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults. a candlelight vigil was held all day long in newtown. 26 candles were lit monday at midnight. the volunteers spent three-hour shifts making sure those candles stayed burning. many people are turning to their faith right now to help them get through this very difficult time. >> we feel our hearts are broken in 26 little pieces, but it's the birth of jesus and we find strength in that, and so we're mourning, but we're also thinking of god at this time, that he'll give us the strength of his son. >> police officers from neighboring communities filled in for newtown police so all of them could have the holiday off and be with their families. >>> a newspaper outside of new york city is causing quite a controversy this morning. it published an interactive map showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit holders in new york's
of children in newtown, connecticut. all schools will reopen except sandy hook elementary. police are holding it as a crime scene possibly for months. the shooting spree that left 26 people dead, 20 of them children. the apparent gunman, adam lanza practiced firing at shooting ranges. they don't have clues of why he snapped and or why he targeted the school. they lay to rest more victims. at least two more funerals will be held today. 6-year-olds noah pozner and jack pinto's funerals were yesterday. noahs sister escaped safely. jack's family said the little boy loved sports. this card was given to loved ones at his funeral. even people who never heard of newtown are coming to offer their support to a community coping with an unthinkable tragedy. >> just felt like we needed to do something to help out somehow and just being here i feel like it's helping us to help other people. >> the overwhelming support from the community and seeing the town come together like this is amazing. >> flower shops in newtown are taking orders from around the world as complete strangers order arrangements for the
people still in syria being held against their will. barbara? >> thank you, angie. >>> the newtown, connecticut, community is attempts to return to some sense of normalcy today. classes are back in session today at all newtown schools. except for sandy hook elementary school. that building will remain closed indefinitely. its studention will attend a school in the nearby town of monroe. also today, more on friday's victims are being laid or more of the victims are being laid to rest today. funerals are being held for at least one of the students and teachers killed. the first funerals were held yesterday. meanwhile, police are having a hard time figuring out the apparent gunman's mindset because they say adam lanza smashed his computer shortly before friday's shooting spree. >>> one congressman is about to join gun control advocates in demanding stricter gun laws. and ahead of the brady campaign will present a letter to families of shootings. the letter will be delivered to the white house on capitol hill. the white house says president obama will make gun violence a top priority d
of their apartments because it was. >> looking for answers. as newtown, connecticut prepares to lay more children to rest today think investigators are faced with challenges -- children to rest today, investigators are faced with challenges. >>> a national debate on gun control is once again in the spotlight. but another pressing issue is being placed front and center. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. >>> good morning to you. live loooutside right now as we get thinged started on this tuesday morning as you look out over washington, d.c. we have some fog? some areas and i little bit of rain. it could make driving interesting during the morning rush hour. good morning towing. i'm wisdom martin. >> i'm tony perkins. sarah simmons is off this morning. -- good morning to you. >> it will be mild, upper 50s. might be a sprinkle. definitely going to be some wind. could be some fog. you're right. >> wasn't kidding. >> the only thing missing is snow. >> that i can guarantee you we will not be seeing. we'll start with the numbers. mild start to your day. 49 at reagan national. dulles, 4 a
we will be talking about the aftermath of the shooting of in newtown, conn that happened yesterday. we will talk about the actions of the teachers. we will get into discussion about gun-control. that always seems to come up after situations like this. we would like for you to get involved in the conversation. the numbers are on the screen. we want to hear from teachers and people who work in the classrooms, principals and vice principals, people connected with education to find your thoughts on what happened yesterday. the actions of the teachers. how safe are in america's schools and america's schoolchildren. this is how the story is being played this morning on the front page of the "new york daily news." this is the way it is being reported this morning in "the wall street journal." the president talked about the shootings at the elementary school calling it a hate crime and vowing to press for meaningful actions to prevent more incidents. our first call for the morning comes from new york on the line for independence. a teacher. good morning. caller: good morning. yes, i was a
regulations in light of the newtown school shooting. >> we're just getting started on news4 today. it's happened again. police begin a second search for the person who pushed someone off a new york city subway platform. >>> the 12 and 13-year-olds facing charges in a brazen crime in northern virginia. >>> more winter weather rolling in for the weekend. the >>> all right. grab the skis, the snowboard, it's time to hit the slopes again. the winter storm and cold temperatures helping ski resorts to open this weekend. white tail resort in pennsylvania opens for the season this morning. for now, they'll have four slopes operating, two other nearby resort, round top and liberty, open tomorrow. wisp in western maryland is open with eight runs available. >> i'm ready. we're ready to see snow. >> are you a snow person, a ski person? >> i'm not a ski person. i'm from texas. why would i be a ski person? how on earth would that be possible? no, i'm not. as a matter of fact, my mother came in from texas and will be with me for a couple of weeks. i'm hoping she'll see snow. v.j., possible? >> she w
is planned for today. this has students and teachers in newtown prepared to get back to their classrooms four days after the tragic shooting. all schools except for sandy hook elementary will reopen today. police continue to look for a motive. they say they are looking into 20-year-old adam lanza's computer for clues. >>> anti-gun advocates are stepping up their efforts for gun laws. as bob barnard reports, there were two rallies yesterday. >> reporter: this was a noontime march on the capitol hill offices of the national rifle association. about 100 people taking part. >> and obviously, it was just the amazing horror ever 20 little children. that was my motivation. >> we are here to alert nra lobbyists to stand down and allow congress to pass laws. >> reporter: the demonstrators confronted by one man. >> if the principal tried to defend the children with a gun, perhaps they could have saved many lives. >> reporter: rally organizers encouraged by president obama's remarks in newtown sunday night. >> are we really prepared to say that wear powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politi
this is reported i thought was redundant, like saying president obama's speech in n newtown was a call to scripture and prayer. it wasn't what he was talking about but he referenced scripture and prayer. the first words out of his mouth, the lord is already near, come, let us adore him. it was a spiritual message. in the middle of the message he reflected on the traditional family which we know the church supports and has long supported. and defended. and he made glancing reference to our personal selfishness and said that's a threat to the family. people not wanting to make commitments. and therefore give of their time and their energy to have families in the first place. and then he made reference to this manipulation of nature. but he never mentioned gay marriage. he never mentioned gay people in there. so i think, you know, it is it was certainly one can interpret that was the focus of what he was talking about in that particular paragraph. but i think to characterize the whole message that way is reductive. he was calling all of us to task for various failings, in our personal lives, and i thi
woman is arrested for an alleged charity scam following the newtown school tragedy. >>> the town of newtown, connecticut is saying, thanks so much, but please, no more gifts following the school tragedy. so many people are sending in their tributes, workers can't keep up with all of those packages. instead, folks who want to offer condolences are being asked to help people in their own communities. >>> sandy hook elementary students return to class next week, but in the many time newtown is keeping them occupied with fun activities since the shootings. officials from the town, the school districts, and nonprofit agencies have sponsored pizza parties, field trips, and toy give-aways. and the newtown youth academy is opening its doors to all of the kids in town at no cost. >>> we are now getting a look at a woman federal authorities say used the connecticut school shooting to try to scam people on facebook. 37-year-old noel alba was released on bond after she was charged with lying to the fbi. she allegedly posed as a relative of one of the slain children, then solicited donations
change, to end them. host: president obama at last night's interfaith prayer vigil in newtown, connecticut, speaking to the community hit by friday's elementary school shootings. it's monday, december 17, 2012. the president offered words of solidarity and state and pledged to use the power of the presidency and to prevent future killings. some are asking whether that is an indication on whether he will push for stronger gun control laws. question for you is and should u.s. gun laws change? here are the numbers to call -- you can also find us online. send us a tweet or join the conversation on facebook, or send us an e-mail. our question for you is whether u.s. gun laws should change? here's the headline in "usa today" -- jumping down into the story, it says -- others are exploring the question of gun laws. we will hear some comments from members of congress this morning. congressional democrats are vowing to push for stricter gun control laws. several democratic lawmakers called yesterday for a new push for gun restrictions, including a ban on military-style assault weapons i
. >>> coming up at 7:00 we'll tell you how the newtown massacre has teachers thinking about arming themselves. we'll have all of that story and much more on 9news at 7:00. >>> still ahead, how your neighborhoods are preparing for this weekend's snow. >>> and right after the break, find out what happens when airport screeners find nearly $400,000 worth of heroin in a woman's suitcase. stay with us, we'll be right back. >>> a woman from ghana is behind bars accused of trying to smuggle 11 pounds of heroin. the drugs were allegedly found in her suit case. tonight she is facing federal charges. >>> lots more ahead on 9news. >> reporter: i'm scott broom with highway crews ramping up for some incoming snow. coming up, the latest travel advisories for your holiday weekend. >>> welcome back. don't we've been trying to answer your questions on the fiscal cliff and getting help with that task is linda, the president of tax masters in rockville. linda, thanks for joining us. you have been following our facebook page. we've been asking our viewers to write questions or ask questions about the fiscal clif
of running a scam following the massacre newtown, conn. she posted hours after the shooting she was the kind of one of the victims. the fbi also said she sent a labyrinth text messages to a donor who fell for this game. the fbi says all of the money has been refunded. a new type of investigation after the sandy hook shooting. geneticists are studying adam lanza's dna. they say there are genetic components to mental a list of many factors involved. scientists are not looking for anything specific and they admit it is unlikely they will find anything. the result will likely not be released for several weeks. after the shooting spree there have been plenty of questions about school safety. that is why hundreds of staff members at utah school turned out last night for free gun training. everyone from third grade teachers to janitors and cafeteria workers were taught how to fight back in a situation like that at sandy hook. >> i am just were read a little bit, what would i do as a teacher. how would you protect yourself if you were being fired upon? >> with the recent tragedy, i realize it is pro
because many fear stricter regulations in light of the newtown school shooting. >> 6:05 is our time now. we're a little more than 48 hours away if one of the biggest redskins games in five years. the skins face off against the cowboys sunday night with a division title and spot in the playoffs on the line. looks like the team will be largely healthy for the game. offensive lineman tyler -- he sat out with a concussion last week. rg3's knee is holding up well right now. they're riding a six-game winning streak heading into the matchup. >>> metro will be open late to get everybody home from the game on sunday. trains will run for an extra hour. the last train running from franconia-springfield will leave the morgan boulevard station at 12:25 monday morning and the last train toward largo town center will leave at 1:30. you can watch the throwdown on nbc4. kickoff set for 8:20 and stay with news 4 before, during and after the game for full coverage and highlights. we're going to have our 6:00 news and then make sure it's chock full of special coverage before the game starts. tune in for th
of the shooting rampage in newtown, connecticut. a state department inquiry into the september 11 terror attack in benghazi, libya, criticized the agency harshly for inadequate security that -- but specificrecommend signi individuals. and we begin today in on the details of john boehner's plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. we want to hear from you. how optimistic are you that a compromise can still be reached before the end of the year? give us a call -- and you can get up with us on all your social media web sites on facebook and twitter, or e- mail us. a very good morning to you. i want to take you to the lead story in today's washington post. that was today's washington post. here's the headlines from "politico" today. i want to take you to speaker john boehner's comments on the state of the current negotiations and his plan b. [video clip] >> what the white house offered yesterday was $1.30 trillion in new revenues for only $850 billion in net spending reductions. that is not balanced in my opinion. at the same time we will continue to talk to the president, we will also move to plan b. we all
. of one to take a moment of silence for any town -- newtown. will you join me please? thank you. this is an exciting day for many reasons. i went to state thank you to my lord and savior jesus christ, to be honest with you. when you start out in a single- parent household with a mom who work 16 hours a day and you're looking at a future that is not look bright and you are living in south carolina, you build a strength that comes from having the understanding that it is not about you. it is about your faith. it is about your family. i love my mother who is here with me. and painful for the good lord who believe sometimes the lord has to come at the end of a switch. she loves me a lot. -- love has to come at the end of a switch. she loves me and a lot. taught civics, spanish, and english. -- i failed a civics, spanish, and english. my mother did not quit on me. i had the good fortune of meeting a mentor who taught me some very basic biblical business principles. our nation finds itself in a situation where we need to make very difficult decisions. so often we have the conversation
. >> thank you. >>> ahead on "starting point." two weeks from the horrific shootings in newtown, connecticut. now some teachers getting on board with the idea of getting armed. dozens of people trained to shoot. the man who taught it and one of the teacher who's took it coming up. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ thank you. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. your money needs an ally. ♪ ♪ i need you by my side >> 24 minutes after the hour. soul singer fontella bass has died best known for "rescue me." the song sure had legs it was rerecorded by cher, pat beena tar. and more. she died wednesday night of complications of a heart attack she suffered three weeks ago. 7 yea2 years old. >>> deteriorating security in the central african republic has forced the u.s. state department to temporarily su
capital. >> president obama on "meet the press" over the weekend. in the wake of the newtown, connecticut school shootings. the president insisted he wants new gun control legislation passed in the next year. he put vice president biden in charge of that task force to make recommendations to him. democratic congressman john yarmouth of kentucky joins us now and he sits on the budget oversight and government reform and ethics committees. good to see you. >> good to be with you. >> what is your thought on what the president said on "meet the press?" >> i think he is absolutely right. what sets this apart, however, is that we do have presidential leadership on this issue. that is something that hasn't been there during past attempts to do something to curb gun violence. i am thrilled about that. i agree with him totally. i've said many times the public has to keep the drum beat going because unless there is a perceived cost to many of the politicians up here not much is likely to happen. we have to make sure the public is engaged and continues to be engaged. >> our political director chuck t
have the first report of a lawsuit filed as a result of the newtown school shooting. >>> reuters is reporting a $100 million lawsuit that's been filed against the state of connecticut on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor of the newtown school shooting. according to the claim, the unidentified female has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury. the lawsuit also accuses the state of failing to take the appropriate steps to protect children from foreseeable harm. >>> this morning, we've learned the name of the man pushed to his death to from a subway platform in new york on thursday. witnesses say 46-year-old sunando psen was pushed by a woman police describe as heavyset in her 20s. she was caught on camera fleeing the scene. it's the second subway killing in new york just this month. >>> in ohio, a college honors student has been granted a restraining order against her parents of all people. a judge has ordered the parents of aubrey ireland to stay at least 500 feet away from their daughter until september of next year. 21-year-old ireland says her parents would track
of christmas is about miracles, family and children and that's why it's so painful for people in newtown, connecticut right now. we're going to tell you how they were able to find a little bit of comfort and joy this holiday season. >>> and a big problem for some family hoss may have gathered to watch movies but they couldn't do it with netflix. we'll tell you why and who that company is blaming on this wednesday, december the 26th. good morning, maryland, i'm charley crowson. >> i'm megan pringle. thanks for joining us. hope you had a merry christmas. it's all about the blame game, isn't it, even with the weather? >> it's always someone else's fault. i'll tell you who's not going to take the blame, that guy, meteorologist mike massco. >> i thought this was exactly where it's heading, blame me on the weather. look, charley, megan, d.c., that's going to be the first to see some snow. that's what's inching its way up 95 right now. this is maryland's most powerful radar, the market's most powerful doppler radar. notice the snow bands developing to the south of d.c. this is what's going goin
pulse 11. kim dacey. back to you guys. >> students in newtown, connecticut, are returning back to school. danielle leigh has the latest. >> each day long lines bring it thousands of tearful mourners to this little town. they are carrying candles and stuffed animals and letting them at this christmas tree. anything to honor the victims. >> something to help out. >> students go back to class. but not sandy hook. police have locked down the school while the investigation continues. the district is preparing a middle school in a neighboring town. >> whenever we can do to have that way, we want to do now. >> today marks another round of the grief as families continue to bury their loved ones. what does anybody say? >> the shooter had visited multiple gun ranges ahead of the massacre. they say he won with his mother, legal owner of the guns. police obtained a broken computer found in his home. >> we will do everything it takes to ensure we uncover every bit of evidence. >> so this community comes together and waits for answers. >> the talon comes together like this is amazing. i'm proud to say
christmas roundtab roundtable. >>> good morning. the nra remains defiant in the wake of the newtown shooting that left 20 children dead, and calling for armed guards at every school. the head of the national rival association, wayne lapierre joins me. will there be a debt deal before we reach the fiscal cliff on january 1? and the political roundtable on the president's priorities for the new year. that's all coming up on "meet the press" this morning. >>> and now, the state's biggest casino in national harbor will begin 24 hour operations, and the expansion is part of the bill maryland voters approved last month. >>> and then tomorrow is the holiday spectacle. the water skiing santa and his knee boarding reindeer. he will step on to some water skis and jet up and down the potomac. rain or shine it's going to happen, and the best view is from national harbor. this is the 27th year for the event. >> we know santa will be a little busy for his trip around the world, so he spent his saturday taking a quick swim. kids got to see st. nick in the water with fish and sea turtles and all the other o
fear stricter regulations in light of the newtown school shooting. >>> scientists plan to get a better look into the mind of the sandy hook shooter. researchers at the university of connecticut will study the dna of 20-year-old adam lanza. some say the findings could help pinpoint mutations that are associated with aggressive and violent behavior. it could draw false conclusions on the genetic causes of mental illness. he's accused of killing 27 people earlier this month before turning the gun on him search and police have not revealed a motive yet. >>> coming up on 19 after the hour, this morning police in new york city are searching for the woman who pushed a man in front of a train and killed him. the woman was mumbling to herself and pacing on the platform before she shoved that man on to the tracks witnesses say. so far, it does not appear the victim and suspect knew each other. police have not released a motive here. this is the second time this month someone has been shoved on to the tracks and killed in new york city. >>> today people in the town of webster, new york, will begi
and dogs do that. >> reporter: several wakes are for some tonight, including victoria soto. live in newtown, connecticut, i'm jennifer davis. fox news. back to you. >> and this is a search for normality. you get a sense people are trying to get their routine as much as they can? >> reporter: they are. next to our live shot, there is a small karate school for children. you may have heard the story about the little boy who volunteered to leave his class out when police came to rescue him. he said to an official, i will lead them, i take karate. that is the class where he takes it and they hope to get classes resuming tonight. they lost students in the massacre. to go there, you have to go through a lot of memorials and media and traffic and a lot of parents are saying they're not sure that their children can do that. and so, trying to figure out what normal is both with the media here and once everyone leaves is, i think, going to be a long process. >> and jennifer davis, thank you. >>> at least one major national retailer has decided to suspend the sale of rifles in all of its stores in the
, newtown and potential to gun laws before we move into some of the fiscal issues. what's your take on the current mood in the country and the potential mood in congress on changing the gun laws? guest: well, peter, it's a tragic situation and i have four children, 17 and under, including a 6-year-old. so it's pretty close to home. the new mood i see in congress is hopefully we don't move with too much haste and do things that we might regret. we haven't seen any proposals, and so i've just been hopeful we let folks mourn and look at that. i don't support any changes. i think it's an individual problem. we had a -- there's some mental illness related issues tied in here that are separate. i do obviously impact -- it does obviously impact the situation. most of my constituents -- actually, i don't think i had anyone call in to my office and say, hey, we'd like to change federal gun laws because what's occurred. host: are you a gun owner? guest: i am a farm kid. i am a gun owner. i have an 11-year-old and a 6-year-old son and we went out hunting during pheasant season so we're familia
the shooting of children and adults in newtown. this man bought a rifle at the show. >> there's a lot that can be done to control who purchases firearms as opposed to limiting what firearms are available. >> reporter: dale and his daughter alexander came to the show from richmond. >> they're not evil things. they have to be in the hands of an evil person to be used for evil purposes. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4. >> the nation's gun show runs through tomorrow, and there will be another event in february. protesters say they plan to be there until the end, weather permitting. >>> billions of dollars in emergency aid could soon be on the way to victims of hurricane sandy. the senate yesterday approved an emergency spending package worth more than $60 billion. the bill passed 61-33 in the senate, but may not fare as well in the house where gop leaders favor a small package, at least for now. the storm was the most costly natural disaster since hurricane katrina in 2005 and one of the worst storms ever in the northeast. >>> time right now is 9:35. still ahead, how this winter storm is impact
our kids act of 2012. as we are too painfully reminded this week by the horrific tragedy in newtown, connecticut, for all the good this nation has done to lift up children we still have much more work to do. so, mr. speaker, before i get into my remarks about the bill, i first want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their loved ones struggling as we all are to understand this senseless assault on children and their educators. and while newtown is rightly receiving the nation's attention, what goes unnoticed far too often is the number of children that die each year in this country as a result of abuse and neglect. sadly their deaths often come at the hands of those who should be caring for them the most. state reports indicate that more than 1,500 children in the u.s. died from abuse or neglect in fiscal year 2010. and research shows that these reports may significantly understate the actual number of these fatalities. congress should do what it can to prevent these tragedies which is why this legislation is before us today. this legislation is a result of careful
the country are at half staff today because of friday's school shooting in newtown, conn.. the nation's newspapers are full of details about what happened on friday. we would like to hear from you your opinions on how america can prevent mass shootings. is it the role of government or society to stop them? here are the numbers to call. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for independents, 202-585-3882. you can also find us online. send us a tweet, twitter.com/c- spanwj. or join the conversation on facebook by looking for c-span and weighing in. you can also e mail us, journal@c-span.org. here is the first page -- front page of "the hartford current" this morning. "day of grieving." the top headline, along with a list of the victims. the employees, all women. the children, all around the age of 67. this is "the sunday bulletin." "residents gather to find comfort and pray." national newspapers also digging into this story. "the new york times" says that the people were all shot multiple times with semi- automatic weapons. white print on a black background. storie
in with the news of a massacre of innocent children in newtown, connecticut, followed by the loss of our wonderful colleague, senator danny inouye so i will leave this extraordinary institution and experience with a heavy heart for those who have been lost just in the last few days. i do want to thank the people of texas for asking me to represent them in washington. i want to thank the many people who have served on my staff for almost 20 years. i have to say i am touched that both benches on both sides of this room are filled with my staff members who have been so hardworking and so loyal and have produced so much in 20 years for our state and nation, and i thank them. i do want to thank my colleagues and all the people who work here -- senators, but also those who work behind the scenes to make our lives as good as they can be with the hard hours that we all have. those who keep our buildings safe and clean, who work in the libraries, the shops, the cafeterias, and who guide tens of thousands of tourists through our nation's beautiful capitol each year. i want to thank my husband ray and our tw
, we got a three here. caller: i am about an hour from newtown. italy makes a difference if she did not have her firearms secured. -- it only makes a difference if she did not have her firearms secured. host: thanks for your time. guest: james is right about the issue with serial numbers on various parts. particularly assault rifles and can be reassembled in various ways. there are things that can be done. you can step serial numbers on various parts of the action of the gun. most guns used in crime are handguns. those have less squabble parts -- swappable parts. this point about education, that is certainly right. everyone would be a lot safer if gun owners were required to go through some sort of safety training. a lot of folks to not go through training because there are no rules in most states requiring them to do so. it is very difficult to know whether the person who is purchasing a firearm and knows what they're doing with it and knows how to secure it. that is why a lot of these guns and up being used inadvertently or otherwise in crime or accidental shootings. host:a tweet,
. and somewhere we seem to go on astray. we go astray now from what we learn in newtown, connecticut. we go astray when we see how some of us treat each other in this chamber. the old adage is not just to go along to get along. you get along a lot better if you get along. or to put it in the old country boy wisdom, you can attract a lot more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. that's the life that our colleague led. some people call it a throwback to the gentlemanly days of the united states senate, a throwback when courtliness and deference -- i hope it's not a throwback. i hope we're not throwing back anything. i hope we will remember the life of danny inouye. he -- he -- he felt this so strongly that when he was a chairman of committee, he didn't refer to the ranking republican as the ranking member. he called them the vice chairm chairman. now, of course, that was uniquely senator inouye but it also was practical. because he could get more done if he's sitting there as chairman and his vice chairman is sitting right next to him. and so we have a lot to learn in these emotional times of
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